|Full name||Gaël Clichy|
|Date of birth||26 July 1985|
|Place of birth||Toulouse, France|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 91⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|Current club||İstanbul Başakşehir|
| France U21
Gaël Clichy (born 26 July 1985) is a French professional footballer who currently plays for Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir in the Süper Lig. He has also played for the France national team. Clichy is predominantly left footed but naturally right footed, he primarily plays as a left-back that is also capable of playing as an offensive-minded wing-back. Earlier in his career, he was described as a player who possesses "almost unrivaled stamina" that is "quick in the tackle and willing to drive forward". He was a member of Arsenal's famous Invincibles team before leaving the club in 2011.
Clichy was born in the city of Toulouse and began his football career playing for a host of amateur clubs in the Haute-Garonne département such as JS Cugnaux, AS Muret, and Tournefeuille. In 2001, he moved to the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region to play for professional club Cannes. Clichy made his professional debut for the club in the 2002–03 season while the club was playing in the Championnat National, the third level of French football. After three seasons with Cannes, in 2003, he was convinced by manager and countryman Arsène Wenger to join Arsenal in England.
In Clichy's first season with the club, he was a member of the team, dubbed the Invincibles, that went undefeated in the league season. As a result of the title, at 18 years and 10 months, Clichy became the youngest player to win a Premier League medal. After three seasons of backing up Ashley Cole, in the 2006–07 season, Clichy took over the starters' role permanently. In the 2007–08 season, he appeared in all 38 league matches. His performances during the season earned him an appearance on the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Team of the Year. Aside from the 2003–04 league title, he has also won the Community Shield and FA Cup in 2004 and 2005, respectively, with Arsenal.
Clichy is a former French youth international and has represented his nation at every level for which he was eligible. Prior to playing for the senior team, he played on the under-17 team that finished runners-up to Switzerland at the 2002 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. Clichy made his senior international debut in September 2008 in a 2010 World Cup qualification match against Serbia. He made his first major international tournament appearance for France at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Clichy made one appearance in the competition against South Africa in the final group stage match.
- Toulon Tournament: 2004
- PFA Team of the Year: 2007–08
|France – 2010 FIFA World Cup|
1. Lloris 2. Sagna 3. Abidal 4. Réveillère 5. Gallas 6. Planus 7. Ribéry 8. Gourcuff 9. Cissé 10. Govou 11. Gignac 12. Henry 13. Evra 14. Toulalan 15. Malouda 16. Mandanda 17. Squillaci 18. Diarra 19. Diaby 20. Valbuena 21. Anelka 22. Clichy 23. Carrasso
|France – UEFA Euro 2012|
1. Lloris (c) 2. Debuchy 3. Evra 4. Rami 5. Mexès 6. Cabaye 7. Ribéry 8. Valbuena 9. Giroud 10. Benzema 11. Nasri 12. Matuidi 13. Réveillère 14. Ménez 15. Malouda 16. Mandanda 17. M'Vila 18. Diarra 19. Martin 20. Ben Arfa 21. Koscielny 22. Clichy 23. Carrasso